If you've watched a fair amount of Yankee Baseball these past two decades, you might know that the Yankees seemingly do not play well in the home ballpark of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the Third Rock from the Sun in the Solar System. Yesterday was one of those classic Yankees vs. Angels games in which just about everything went right for the Angels and everything went wrong for the Yanks. Of course, by everything going right for the Angels, I'm referring to one Mike Trout. You may have heard of Mike Trout. He is arguably the best player in baseball because he pretty much does everything well. He hits dingers. He runs well. He played really good defense. He robs Chris Young of two potential RBI doubles. Long story short, he's good.
Speaking of good baseball players, Brett Gardner. I don't have to preach the gritty gutty gospel to you, but I will because one cannot praise Gardner enough. Last week he was the AL Player of the Week. Yesterday, he continued to show why. There is no hotter hitter in baseball right now. Rumor has it that Jacoby Ellsbury might be back in the lineup on Friday. Having Gardsbury back could really bolster the offense, especially if Brett continues his incredible offense as the #2 hitter.
On a sadder and somewhat more predictable note, Adam Warren has finally lost his spot in the rotation due to the return of Ivan Nova and the Yankees not going with a six-man rotation. It's sad because Adam Warren has done nothing wrong at all. Far, far from it actually. He's pretty much done everything right and does not deserve to lose his rotation spot, seeing as how he has been their most consistent starter as of late. He's just their most versatile pitcher right now, with his previous bullpen experience and the fact that well, they were never going to move CC Sabathia or Nathan Eovaldi to the bullpen. Warren's bullpen experience is definitely a positive though, as the Yankees do need help in there. As sad as it may be to see him lose his spot, a bullpen consisting of Justin Wilson, Chasen Shreve, Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Adam Warren can be pretty devastating down the line.
Comments of the Day
We could give him time, yes. Or we could panic!
Bane Gardner will break you.
Reading is fundamental!
Otherwise he cannot reach his top speed of "leisurely strolling."
GIF of the Day
Honorable Mod Mention
There was never any doubt that Matthew Funtime was going to win the HMM after this post of his.
- With the rotation seemingly set at Tanaka-Pineda-Sabathia-Eovaldi-Nova, what do you think the Yankees do if they acquired a Johnny Cueto or someone like that?
- Since interleague is here, which NL team would you like the Yankees to play more?
Song of the Day
Battle in the Mutara Nebula from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan by James Horner
It is James Horner week on Pinstripe Alley. I'll come right out and say that this is probably my favorite James Horner soundtrack. The Wrath of Khan is my favorite sci-fi movie of all time and Horner's score is one of the many many reasons why. I can picture this exact scene from the movie in my head as this song plays, sequence for sequence and word for word. As always, please link us your song of the day.
Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day. Ivan Nova returns to the mound after a fantastic 2015 debut against the Phillies. Here's hoping he continues the good work.
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